Doping evidence leads Nike, Radio Shack, Anheuser-Busch to drop Lance Armstrong, who also steps down as chairman of Livestrong

Lance Armstrong has stepped down as Chairman of Livestrong.

UPDATE (Jan. 18): Lance Armstrong admits to using performance enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Read More.

Oct. 17: Nike has ended its contract with Lance Armstrong in the wake of the doping evidence released last week by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. A number of other sponsors, including Radio Shack and Anheuser-Busch, have followed suit.

In addition, Armstrong announced he has stepped down as Chairman at Livestrong, his cancer-fighting charity. Read more.

READ: Here’s a 200-page document made public by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of the evidence against Lance Armstrong released today. Read the document.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has released all of its evidence today (Oct.10) against Lance Armstrong, which includes more than 1,000 pages and sworn testimony from 26 people, about the cyclist’s doping activities while racing with the U.S. Postal Service Cycling team.

Riders who testified included Armstrong teammates such as Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.

Armstrong attorney Tim Herman called the report “a one-sided hatchet job” that used he testimony of “serial perjurers.” Doug Ulman, head of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, reminded reporters of Armstrong’s significant work as a cancer fighter and current rider Samuel Sanchez said “until the contrary is proved, he remains innocent.” Read more.

Many of these allegations will seem familiar to anyone who has seen recent interviews with Tyler Hamilton or read his book The Secret Race about his life in bike racing before and after he tested positive in 2004 for having someone else’s blood in his system. Among many other things, the book undercuts the argument that, just because someone has passed a drug test, he or she is clean.

Read an Outside Magazine Q&A with Tyler Hamilton.

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